Road Cycling in Keswick
The C2C route is a 225km route traversing Northern England from Whitehaven or Workington on the West coast to Tynemouth or Sunderland on the east. Keswick makes an ideal first day stop for the majority of people taking four days to complete the ride. A good option is to spend the night prior to the start at YHA Keswick, before heading out to the coast to end the first day back there. Find it on Sustrans: routes 71, 7 and 14.
The End2End route is Britain’s ultimate two wheeled adventure: a cross-section of the British countryside covering at least 1000 miles between its two most distant points, Lands End and John O’Groats. Many riders choose YHA Keswick as a stopover while undertaking this mammoth feat.
The Fred Whitton Challenge is arguably the toughest sportive in Britain. The official sportive takes place in May, but it can also be tackled as a year round personal challenge. The route is 180km and takes in the challenging Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknot and Wrynose passes whilst racking up almost 4000m of climbing. Many people choose to cycle the Fred Whitton over two or three days, with YHA Keswick, YHA Wasdale Hall, YHA Eskdale, YHA Coniston Holly How and YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe all ideally situated for overnight stops.
Around Skiddaw and Blencathra, this 56km route circumnavigates the two mountains that dominate Keswick’s northern skyline. Leaving the hostel on Station Road, turn right and continue through Keswick across the mini roundabout and take your first right turn after crossing the bridge over the River Greta. Continue on this road until the large roundabout over the A66. Take the second exit and use caution when negotiating the roundabout. Continue along the A591 for approximately 8km before taking the right turn up a narrow lane signposted to Orthwaite. This lane has some short steep dips and climbs as it rises to Udale Moor, but don’t forget to enjoy the splendid views to the back of Skiddaw as you go. At the T junction at the top of Udale Moor turn right and enjoy a majestic bit of tarmac laid out along the open moorland as it slowly drops into Caldbeck village where you can find a couple of pubs to refuel. Continue through Caldbeck along quiet country lanes to the village of Hesketh Newmarket. Once through the village take a right turn signposted to Keswick and follow this road until you come to Mungrisdale, where you take a right turn onto a gated country lane leading to Scales at the foot of Blencathra. From here there is a wide cycling path alongside the A66 all the way to the Village of Threlkeld. Once through the village, cross the A66 and follow signs for Castlerigg Stone Circle. Take time to enjoy this Neolithic monument before descending back to Keswick.
This is a small selection of rides from YHA Keswick, please ask our knowledgeable staff for more ideas for your cycling day out.
Other things to do nearby
The spectacular voyage gives you views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the delightful wooded islands.
Here at Ambleside Climbing Wall there's an indoor climbing wall, bouldering room, and cafe. There's also a room dedicated to climbing gear, which can be hired.
Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere. See the house first created by William Gaddum, a silk merchant from Manchester, as his family's 'summer house'. Brows
Go Ape has several locations across the UK where you can climb and fly through the trees. If it's adrenaline fuelled family fun you're after then look no further.
Full of her favourite things, the house looks like Beatrix has just stepped out for a walk. Don't miss the lovely cottage garden.
Take a walk through Miss Potter's famous tales, complete with animatronics and walk-through scenes from her stories. Don't forget to exit through the gift shop!
Visit the barely-changed home of famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. You'll find plenty to inspire you in the museum too.
A range of information on local walks is available from the hostel - just ask at reception and our friendly staff will be able to recommend a great walk for you.
With Claife Heights right opposite, the hostel is a perfect base for exploring the area by mountain bike.
The Lake District was made for wild swimming and with this hostel right on the edge of England's largest lake, Windermere, it would be rude not to.
One of the most beautifully located theatres in England, hosting film and literary festivals throughout the year.
Cruise the lake stopping at the lakeshore jetties where you can change boats, or enjoy the 50 minute trip around Derwentwater.
The Altura Trail which puts altitude into mountain biking or there's a Go Ape! with it's high wire forest adventure course.
Spectacular view of the ospreys flying to and from their nest and, most amazing of all, catching fish from Bassenthwaite Lake.
For underground tours and the popular Via Ferrata. Edge along ladders and bridges to reach a summit viewpoint over Buttermere. Visit the website
An 18 hole golf course offering a unique golfing experience - with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Lakeland Fells.